OPED: Thank You Mr. President For Putting
"Merry Christmas" Back Into Nation's Vocabulary
President Trump vowed to put the Christ
back into Christmas and based on this video that's exactly what he did
-- delivering on a promise to end the ongoing war on Christmas.
During the first year of the Obama administration -- the president and
first lady considered removing the Nativity from the White House for the
sake of inclusivity.
The New York Times buried that yuletide nugget deep inside a story about
then-White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers. Read it for yourself,
ladies and gentlemen:
"But Washington is a city that likes its traditions, and Ms. Rogers has
raised a few eyebrows by trying to bend them. When former social
secretaries gave a luncheon to welcome Ms. Rogers earlier this year, one
participant said, she surprised them by suggesting the Obamas were
planning a “non-religious Christmas” — hardly a surprising idea for an
administration making a special effort to reach out to other faiths.
"The lunch conversation inevitably turned to whether the White House
would display its crèche, customarily placed in a prominent spot in the
East Room. Ms. Rogers, this participant said, replied that the Obamas
did not intend to put the manger scene on display — a remark that drew
an audible gasp from the tight-knit social secretary sisterhood. (A
White House official confirmed that there had been internal discussions
about making Christmas more inclusive and whether to display the
Yet in the end, tradition won out; the executive mansion is now
decorated for the Christmas holiday, and the crèche is in its usual East
Yes, good readers, Barack and Michelle Obama wanted to mark their first
Christmas in the White House by tossing the Baby Jesus out of the
building. For a number of years, the White House decorations were more
pet-centric than Jesus-centric.
And of course, there were those infamous "religion-free" holiday cards
-- featuring the family dogs without the word "Christmas."
It ultimately became an issue in the 2016 presidential campaign -- and
one that endeared many culture war voters to the Trump campaign.
"We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christiancampaign. values,"
the president declared to the Values Voter Summit last September. "You
know, we're getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people
don't talk about anymore. They don't use the word 'Christmas' because
it's not politically correct. You go to department stores, and they'll
say, 'Happy New Year' and they'll say other things. And it will be red,
they'll have it painted, but they don't say it. Well, guess what? We're
saying 'Merry Christmas' again."
And sure enough the Trump family’s first presidential holiday card is
adorned with the words "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year."
And the Christmas decorations are simply spectacular -- the White House
decorated with lots of red and green and gold. And yes --there’s even a
Nativity -- an ever-present reminder of the reason for the season.
Thank you, Mr. President for being a man of your word -- a man who is
not ashamed to say, “Merry Christmas.”
Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary. His latest book is “The
Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again.” Follow him on Twitter
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